Kadriorg Park, a heavily wooded area 2km east of the Old Town along Narva mnt., was laid out according to the instructions of Russian tsar Peter the Great. The main entrance to the park is at the junction of Weizenbergi tänav and J. Poska. Weizenbergi cuts through the park, running straight past Kadriorg Palace, a Baroque residence designed by the Italian architect Niccolò Michetti, which Peter had built for his wife Catherine. The palace houses the Kadriorg Art Museum, with a fine collection of Dutch and Russian paintings. A short walk up Weizenbergi, the immense, futuristic-looking Kumu is a must-see for anyone interested in Estonian art through the ages.
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- Raekoja plats
- Church of the Holy Ghost and St Nicholas’s Church
- Toompea and the Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral
- Kiek-in-de-Kök and Bastion Tunnels
- The Museum of Occupations
- Pikk and around
- St Olaf’s Church
- The Maritime Museum and city wall
- Kadriorg Park
- Aegna Island
- The Cultural Kilometre and Patarei Prison
- The Air Harbour
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Marking the eastern end of Kadriorg Park is the immense, futuristic-looking KUMU, a must-see for anyone interested in Estonian art in the twentieth century. It’s certainly a wide-ranging collection: surrealism, pop art and abstraction flourished during the Soviet period, despite official hostility to such modernist excesses.